All year, we look forward to the simplicity of heading outside with no coat, no boots, no scarf. But then the sun is out and we realize Summer dressing is trickier than we remember.

Can’t find shorts in the right length? Can’t seem to match the right Ts with your favourite skirts? Your jeans are just too darn hot to pull on? Enter this season’s hottest piece and our one-stop solution to Summer dressing: the Maxi Dress.

This is by far the easiest wardrobe staple of all time. Slip on one piece of clothing and you’re set to go.

Your maxis will become your staple this season for many reasons. Not only are they comfortable, feminine and flattering, they also hide the wobbly bits while highlighting the collarbones and shoulders (sexy yet modest lady parts).

When it comes to this year’s maxi dresses, there are about a million options at various price points out there, but here are a few of our favourites to cover you (literally) for every occasion.

The Rachel Roy “Dreamcatcher” ($139) is evening perfection. The tie-dyed print and body skimming silhouette make it a flattering choice for so many body types. You can rock the boho vibe at a BBQ party or on a patio evening with a cocktail (or four) and your favourite jean jacket. Strappy sandals and a tiny bronze clutch will have you shimmying in the moonlight.

 

Rachel Roy Dreamcatcher Maxi

 

Rudsak is mainly known for their leather collection, but their rebel cool motto extends to their clothing line, too. The “Poppy” maxi  ($130) has an edgy appeal yet it’s still chic enough for work (just throw on a blazer). The wider straps allow for a regular bra (AMAZING!) and the belt emphasizes the waist. Choose from three stylish colours. Note: The shorter length is perfect for more compact (read: petite) fashion lovers.

 

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For those lazy beach or poolside days, the Sears’ Jessica maxis cannot be beat for the price ($40) and patterns. The Chevron print (in the always crisp black-and-white) works just as well on the dance floor as it does as a cover-up over any colour bathing suit. Take it to dinner with wedge sandals or right to down to basics with your favourite flip-flops.

Jessica dress

P.S. just because maxi dressing is simple doesn’t mean you can’t slip on something special underneath.

 

Do you have a favourite dress this summer?

About the author

Mara Shapiro

Mara Shapiro is Co-Editor, Community of BrazenWoman. She is proof that it's never too late to reinvent yourself, and also that you cannot have too many pairs of shoes and lipglosses. A Social Media addict, Community Manager, and insatiable lover of movie popcorn, Mara is always on the hunt for the next best thing. You'll often find her laughing and dancing, phone in one hand, and a glass of red in the other. The only time she's not talking is when she's sleeping.

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